After the tragic mosque massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, 19429002, technology companies scrambled to clear the platform of propaganda materials left by the shooters. Since most of the Internet is now unclear, the event was broadcast live on Facebook, making it one of the most horrific violent incidents that were broadcast in real time through the online community .
Because Twitter users warn others not to share very graphic videos, some users will actively look for videos and know exactly where to watch them. The infamous subreddit r / watchpeopledie was quarantined (unable to be searched) in September 2018 but until today it is still active and anyone can visit it directly. After tragedy and violence, subreddit has a long history of sharing extremely flat videos, such as the murder of two female tourists in Morocco in 2018.
After the shooting on Thursday, the subreddit became very active, and the user was looking for a copy of the video, which was taken from the head-mounted camera in a first-person perspective.
After a burst of interest, a subreddit moderator locked a post about the video and posted the statement:
"Sorry, guys, but we have locked the clue here. The video has been kept until someone reviews us. This video is being removed from the main social media platform, but I hope Reddit believes that you can decide for yourself whether It depends on the unfiltered reality. Whatever you believe, this is an objective view of such a terrible event.
Remember to love each other. "
Later on Thursday, members of the subreddit are actively sharing mirrored links to Christchurch videos, although they are primarily through direct messaging. After watching the video, it’s very disturbing for many users to go back to the topic and remind them that even their most violent companions don’t look for videos.
The zone remained active until Reddit banned the controversial community late Friday morning.
Reddit refuses to provide detailed information about its decision to ban long-term communities after this particular violent act. A company spokesperson told TechCrunch: "We are very clear on the terms of service of the website that publishing content that incites or compliments violence will prevent users and communities from using Reddit." "Sub-orders that do not comply with these site-wide rules will not be complied with." "1919004004
Many critics of subreddit believe that the act of seeking and sharing the graphical depiction of this death is itself an uneasiness and disrespect for the victim and his family.
This subreddit is undoubtedly terrible, but still surprised by some devotees who insist that the graphic depiction of death is actually an affirmation of life.
"Absolutely saved me and helped me figure out that I don't have to sort out my shit tomorrow," a former member said in a post discussing the banned community.
"Don't think this is a place that takes too much time, but we all need to be reminded."
Reddit also banned neighboring subreddits r / gore and r / wpdtalk ("watching people's death talks") on Friday.